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China Isn't Winning the Race for Space

Even as NASA stumbles, private U.S. companies are taking the lead in exploration.<p>By the middle of the century, nuclear-powered Chinese shuttles will regularly ply interplanetary space, carrying workers between mining colonies on distant planets and asteroids. If that, like much else published on …

Space Exploration

Sugar industry withheld research into effects of sucrose 50 years ago, study claims

Researchers say negative health impacts of sucrose could have been combated sooner had research been released – but industry bodies dispute the findings<p>Sugar’s demise from childhood staple to public enemy can be seen everywhere. Chocolate bars are shrinking, sugary drinks are set to be taxed and …

Uber leaked info on 57 million people—then tried to cover it up

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers over the course of a year, the company admitted in a blog post Tuesday.<p>Of …

Facing Second Accuser, Franken Sees His Once-Rising Star Dim

WASHINGTON — After making the transition from comedy to politics, Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, positioned himself as a staunch defender of women’s rights. “Sexual harassment and violence are unacceptable,’’ he wrote on Twitter last month. “We must all do our part to listen, stand with …

Al Franken

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

China

Life under Kim Jong Un

Recent North Korean escapees relate how the secretive country has changed under the “Great Successor.”

North Korea

British explorer Benedict Allen 'alive and well' in Papua New Guinea

Allen, 57, who went missing in jungle, is waiting to be picked up from a remote airstrip, his agent said<p>An explorer who went missing in the Papua New Guinean jungle has been found alive in a tribal war zone waiting for a rescue party to be sent to pick him up.<p>Benedict Allen, who has made programmes …

Zimbabwe crisis: What we know so far

<b>The military in Zimbabwe has taken control of the country, putting veteran President Robert Mugabe under house arrest and announcing it was targeting "criminals" around him.</b><p>It has denied it is staging a coup, while Mr Mugabe, 93, has been pictured smiling beside army chiefs and left the house for a …

Here’s what’s happening in Zimbabwe

Tanks rolled into Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, on Tuesday, as tensions escalated between the military and President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party. In a statement read on the state broadcaster, ZBC, an army official reported early Wednesday morning that Robert Mugabe and his family are “safe” and …

South Africa

We took a scientific look at whether weed or alcohol is worse for you — and there appears to be a winner

It's a tough call, but based on the science, there appears to be a clear answer.<p>Keep in mind that there are dozens of factors to account for, including how the substances affect your heart, brain, and behavior, and how likely you are to get hooked.<p>Time is important, too — while some effects are …

Cannabis

Israel caught between the fronts of Saudi Arabia's conflict with Iran

Tensions between Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iran are putting a strain on the entire region, with Israel at risk of being drawn into a war with …

Middle East

The images from Poland’s far-right rally are terrifying by design

The mass gathering of nearly 60,000 far-right demonstrators in Warsaw over the weekend hijacked traditional celebrations of Poland’s Independence Day with chants and signs using racist, white-supremacist slogans and iconography.<p>Knowing what the marchers support, the images from news agencies were …

Europe

How Nazis courted the Islamic world during WWII

Tens of thousands of Muslims fought for the Nazis in World War Two. DW spoke with historian David Motadel about whether pragmatism or anti-Semitism …

World History

Keurig users are smashing their coffee makers in support of Fox News

Fox News supporters in the U.S. are pounding down on Keurig coffee makers — and sharing the videos online — after the company pulled its ads from …

Trends

60,000 Join Far-Right March on Poland's Independence Day

(WARSAW) — Tens of thousands of nationalists marched in a demonstration organized by far-right groups in Warsaw Saturday, as Poles celebrated their …

Jeff Bezos teaches his kids math with a strategy that's made Chinese and Singaporean students the best in the world — but it's unusual in the US

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO and richest person in the world, has amassed his wealth by being creative and trying unorthodox ways of solving problems.<p>It seems he and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, use the same approach for their children's education.<p>"We tried all sorts of things ... Mandarin lessons, the …

Mathematics

Logitech will brick all Harmony Link devices in March (updated)

Bricking a device, which usually happens during firmware update gone wrong, is never a good thing. It's even worse when companies do it to their devices intentionally. According to emails received by users, Logitech will be intentionally bricking all Harmony Link devices via a firmware update as of …

He Perfected a Password-Hacking Tool—Then the Russians Came Calling

Five years ago, Benjamin Delpy walked into his room at the President Hotel in Moscow, and found a man dressed in a dark suit with his hands on …

This Russian woman’s psychic powers ignited a paranormal arms race between the U.S. and the USSR

Nina Kulagina put the ESP in espionage<p>On March 10, 1970, Nina Kulagina, a housewife and former member of the Red Army tank regiment, stopped a frog’s …

Russia

Current Climate Pledges Aren't Enough to Stop Severe Warming

Existing pledges under the Paris Agreement won't curb warming to two degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, a new UN report warns.<p>The world is not doing enough to curb its collective carbon emissions, a new UN report warns.<p>In an audit of the global Paris Agreement released Tuesday, the UN …

Climate

Tariq Ramadan - Not a Rapist: It's the Women's Fault. And the Jews' - Geller Report

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, accused of sexual abuse and rape of several women, is an anti-Israel misogynist who thinks it’s the fault of females …

Major internet outage hits the U.S.

No, it's not just you.<p>Large swaths of the United States experienced internet connection problems today, with several major ISPs apparently affected. …

Watch People Get Massages—With Real Knives

Have no fear, these masseuses are skilled in the dicey art of knife massages.<p>Amid the healing herb shops of Taipei’s timeworn Dinhua Street, Man Na Lo and Chen Jung Lee beat blades of steel down customers’ spines. The soothing scents of ginseng and goji berries are periodically interrupted by the …

China

Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal

LONDON — Saudi Arabia announced the arrest on Saturday night of the prominent billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, plus at least 10 other princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers.<p>The announcement of the arrests was made over Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned satellite network whose …

Saudi Arabia

Tibetan Nuns with Advanced Degrees Honored by the Dalai Lama in India

<i>Editor’s note: Steve Wilhelm serves on the Tibetan Nun Project’s board.</i><p>The Dalai Lama is happy that a group of 20 Tibetan Buddhist nuns have earned</i> …

Hinduism

Mayawati Threatens To Convert To Buddhism Again

Mayawati has made a strong statement today that she would convert to Buddhism if the BJP and RSS do not change their "casteist and communal mindset …

Aaron Lee, the “Angry Asian Buddhist,” has died, age 34

Aaron Lee. Photo via Facebook.<p>Aaron Lee died on Saturday, October 21, at age 34, after fighting cancer for more than a year. Aaron was known to many …

Chemotherapy

They went to Syria to fight Islamic State. Now two Americans find themselves in limbo

Former Marine Kevin Howard claimed scores of kills as a sniper volunteering this year with a militia fighting<p>Islamic Statein Syria.<p>He wanted to help people, Howard had said this summer, especially Christians who were being persecuted for their faith just as they had been in areas where he had …

Park hikers may have died in 'sympathetic murder-suicide'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Friends and relatives of a couple whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park say they believe the two got lost while hiking in the sprawling desert park and struggled in the searing heat with little food or water before they died in a "sympathetic …